Three Dead After Mother Drives Her Kids Into Kalamazoo River
UPDATE 3:00 P.M.: Three individuals are dead following a murder-suicide in Kalamazoo. A 44 year old woman, from Kalamazoo, drove a vehicle into the Kalamazoo River with her two twin 9 year old daughters inside. Authorities have since said two other daughters, under the age of 10, were let out of the vehicle prior to their mother driving into the river. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.
UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: Search teams have recovered the body of a second child from the Kalamazoo River, according to WWMT, raising the number of fatalities to three.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says that around 10:45pm Monday, they were called to the Walgreens at Riverview and Gull Rd, where two young women said they were trying to find their uncle. When the uncle was located, officers learned that a family member of theirs had just driven her vehicle into the Kalamazoo River, with her two children inside.
Officers started searching the area, and a squad with a patrol boat looked around the area of Verburg Park off of Paterson St. Within a few minutes, officers found the submerged vehicle, and a little after that two victims were located. The Kalamazoo Forensics Crime Lab was called to investigate the scene, and the Michigan State Police Dive team responded to search for a possible third victim and to recover the vehicle.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says they offer their "condolences to all family and friends who have been impacted by this tragic loss."
We will update this story as more information comes in regarding the situation, and if and when the third victim is located.